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Manager, Community Development Department

Closing Date: Open until filled.

Salary Range: $120,720 To 128,768 Annually

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission is seeking a dedicated and passionate manager for the newly formed Community Development Department.

The Community Development Department was created January 2024 to oversee CRITFC’s programs, support services, coordination, and outreach for the tribal fishers and their families who live seasonally and year-round on the river. The Department provides support in three main areas: 1) Community Outreach and Social Services, 2) Nutrition Services/Tribal Food Programs, and 3) Food Sovereignty/Salmon Marketing. The Manager is responsible for providing strategic vision in the management of the Department’s current programs and in increasing efforts to empower and enhance the social, health, and economic well-being of the tribal communities.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of successfully managing community initiatives, building strong partnerships, a deep understanding of tribal community development principles, and experience working and interacting with frontline communities. The Manager will work closely with the Executive Director to build key relationships with community partners and collaborate with their Deputy Manager in the oversight of the Department’s daily activities to ensure alignment with organization-wide goals, priorities, and initiatives.

CRITFC offers competitive compensation and an exceptional benefits package, including medical, dental, 401(k), 12 days of vacation (to start), 12 paid holidays, and paid sick time. Relocation assistance is available. We provide professional development opportunities, promote from within, and have a Native hiring preference as part of our commitment to our people. As a result, you will find a work environment that supports and inspires our shared goals of protecting the natural world and the tribal cultural connection to it.

This position is hybrid-eligible based out of the Portland Office.


Leadership and Management:

  • Develop and implement comprehensive strategic plan and budget for the Department that aligns with broader organizational goals, objectives, and priorities.
  • Provide leadership and vision to the Department and ensure all efforts support tribal sovereignty and incorporate Indigenous values and perspectives into program development.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of current programs and offer innovative recommendations for expanding work.
  • Attend bi-monthly management meetings, lead weekly department meetings, attend commission meetings, and travel for meetings, presentations, and conferences as needed.
  • Build relationships with community partners and represent CRITFC in ongoing collaborative partnership groups.

Community Outreach and Social Services

  • Regularly collaborate with CRITFC leadership, commissioners, and other department staff in outreach efforts.
  • Provide outreach, education, and referral of direct services for tribal members.
  • Oversee organization of community events and fundraising.
  • Work with management team to expand social and health services.

Nutrition Services

  • Provide guidance and leadership in the development and implementation of the Tribal Food Programs to ensure programs both address nutritional needs and are culturally appropriate for the CRITFC member tribes.
  • Cultivate and develop key partnerships and relationships.

• Food Sovereignty and Salmon Marketing

  • Provide strategic direction on salmon marketing initiatives to increase economic development opportunities for tribal fishers.
  • Oversee tribal fisher engagement and coordination of marketing efforts to promote tribally caught Columbia River fish products, provide trainings and certifications for tribal fishers, and build key relationships within the region.
  • Work closely with the intertribal fish processing plant, Tribal Fish Co., LLC in implementing department goals and objectives.

Compliance and Reporting

  • Provide fiscal oversight and management on grants, contracts, and other funding sources to ensure requirements are met for reporting deadlines and progress reviews.
  • Work with Development Director to target funding priorities and opportunities and collaborate to submit funding proposals.

Commission Engagement

  • Provide regular reports and updates to the Commission on program strategies and progress.
  • Annually, lead presentation of the Department’s annual workplan, budget and strategic visioning.
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Application Procedure

Online applications are preferred, however if circumstances prevent an applicant from completing an online application or require help with an electronic application, email for assistance.

Hiring preference:
CRITFC implements a tribal preference policy and encourages citizens and descendants of our member tribes (Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama) and other federally recognized tribes to apply.

CRITFC is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, people of color, those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.

CRITFC will consider non-citizen applicants who are authorized to work in the U.S. If not authorized to work in the U.S., CRITFC will provide reasonable support and accommodations to the candidate in obtaining U.S. work authorization. With the exception of certain employer required costs, CRITFC will not pay for costs related to applicant’s legal representation, filings for work authorization or immigration, or other costs related to obtaining work authorization.

*Please note: the term “Commission” as used in this description refers to CRITFC’s governing body. CRITFC is a tribal organization that is wholly owned and governed by the Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. As a tribal organization, CRITFC is subject to a unique blend of policies and laws.